Bit excited

Day off again and it is good. I have started working out some details for my up coming vacation

The doggy got her nails clipped. Ride to the airport worked out. Confirming ride to hotel and luggage is out.

You know I love the Victorian era but when you say “travel: Victorian era vs modern era”. I have to vote modern. Airplane travel is so much better than steamer ship when you only have time and money for a two week vacation!

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You have to be chubby to survive our winters

Another day at home.  If I don’t think about the lost income, I can get to like this.  I’m on my couch knitting up a storm…after last nights snow storm.  Okay, not really a storm, just a dump of snow on top of nasty cold weather.  I’m just glad I’m in here and not out there!

I’ve made some progress on my cloud.

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If I get bored with that, I move to the black counterpane.  I’ve added another 4 blocks to that.

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If I get sleepy or if I get involved in a complex plot on Netflix, I switch to a baby blanket that is a simple repetitive crochet stitch.

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And every once in awhile, I look up and out my living room window.

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We have several bushes in the front yard that the birds seem to LOVE.  There are usually dozens of them in there.  In the summer, you can’t see them because of the leaves…only hear them.  In the winter, you can’t miss them because they are chubby little pork chops.

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I caught one in mid flight!  How does that non aerodynamic blob fly? (To bad I chopped his head off).

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Too cold for that: how to meet your neighbors!

It’s one of my days off so hubby arranged to have one of our cars tuned up.  We each drove our cars to the mechanic (me with the dog in the car).  We left one car and the three of us drove towards home.

Hubby had to work so he dropped me off a few blocks from home and the dog and I walked home.  It was fricken cold.

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The dog has done her “thing” and I’m freezing and we are now home.  I punch in the code on the garage door…several times…but it refused to open.  (Apparently, older batteries stop working in bitter cold.) I looked down at my purse.  I know I have no keys for the front door.  Never had.  I always go through the garage door if the house is locked up.  And I know I locked up before we left.  I also know my phone is not in my purse.  I forgot it on the couch.

I was thinking about how the dog and I will die in the cold when I saw a neighbor.  Apparently, I ‘m not the only one on the street that didn’t go to work on a Thursday morning!  (Thank God for other people’s vacation!)  I have waved at them a few times, exchanged pleasantries on nice summer evenings but I wouldn’t say I know them.  Hubby is more extroverted than I and he knows them fairly well, but I don’t.  Anyway, the good souls let me use their phone to call hubby to come back and let me in.  And while I waited on their couch, I got to know them better.

Good thing the neighbors are warm when the weather is cold.

 

Distraction…so worth it!

As you may recall, last week I posted about an on line knitting book I found.

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I also commented that I liked one of the patterns suggested for a Canadian cloud.

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It is the one in the middle of the left hand page. Finding a couple of balls of fine wool during my clean and purge work, led me to abandon my current projects (again) and start a new one.

As is normal, the instructions are a bit vague and some trial and error is typical.  The instructions read.

Use #6 needles.  I have no idea what that is.  I used 5.5 metric 9 US needles with fine lace weight wool.  The idea behind clouds is loose and airy.  Cast on even stitches.  That didn’t work out so well.  I used multiples of 3 plus 4.

First row: knit.  That is straight forward.

Second row: Slip one, knit one.  * Wool in front of needle, insert needle under three stitches and knit as one. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Second row translation: Slip one, knit one (this creates the edge of the cloud) *Yarn over the right needle (I did front to back)Knit 3 stitches together.  (I found it too tight to do that so I slipped the next stitch, knit one, pull the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and off the needle.  Move the knit stitch back onto the left needle, pull the second stitch on the left needle over the first stitch and off the needle, move the first stitch on the left needle back onto the right needle.) Repeat from * to the last 2 stitches.  Knit last two stitches.

Third row reads: knit 2 * k1 out of the put over thread, purl 1, knit 1 repeat from *

Third row translation: this is where I guessed.  You could knit the first 2 stitches or you could slip one, knit one. (which is what I did).  *Knit 1 into the yarn over stitch but don’t pull it off the needle! Purl one onto the same yarn over thread and pull it off the needle.  Knit one. Repeat from * to the last two stitches.  Knit 2.

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth row reads: knit all three rows.

What I did: I slipped the first stitch on each of these rows to keep the pattern of the edge.

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The drawing in the book looks more like a stocking stitch.  If I do this again, I will be more careful about changing the instructions so that I am alternating each row with knits and purls to make it smooth on one side (stocking stitch).  But a cloud wrapped around the head will look fine with both sides of the work looking the same.

Unintended comedy!

I recently came into possession of this book.

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The cover is in sad shape (missing the back cover and the front cover is completely detached) but the interior is in good shape.

It was written by Marion Harland in 1889.

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I have started reading it and I’m getting some surprising enjoyment out of it.  Her language is not too formal (Victorian books can be very hard to read for that reason) and she is unintentionally funny.

The first chapter is about the difference between a house keeper and a home maker.  The house keeper is described as a person who keeps an immaculate home.  She dusts and cleans every nook and corner everyday, including the hanging pictures.  And once a week she takes the pictures off the wall and dusts the hooks and cords.  She describes this woman as a person who makes her friends feel inferior and who drives her children out because of exhaustion from cleaning.

Here is the funny part.  A home maker is not so anal. She may only dust her picture hooks and cords only every 6 weeks but her family is happier in this chaos!  Hahaha!  My family must be in bliss because my pictures may get dusted once a year and I have never in my life dusted the hooks and cords!  Not even when packing to move!

Sorry, that struck me as hilarious!

Look what I found

I was wandering around the devil’s distraction (also known as Pintrest) when I happened upon an archived book called The Art of Knitting published in 1892.

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I thought you might like to have a look too so I added a link to the book title.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am that these books are archived on the internet!  What a resource!  Modern times definitely have perks!

I barely got 5 pages in and I found some wonderful knitting stitches.  Gorgeous! My creative mind was thinking I can make this or that with these stitches! (This is one of the reasons why I can’t finish things!)

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I encourage all my knitting friends to hop on over there and check it out!

 

 

Making my free time mean something

The reduced hours at work are starting to take effect and I had a day off this week.  I used it wisely.  I cleaned out 4 cupboards.  One was just a mess and now it is sorted. One opened up space so all of my candles can be stored in one spot. And two are now empty (future plans for them still in the works).  They used to hold unfinished projects.  I moved them into my son’s old room.  I got real with myself about 2 of those UFO’s and unraveled them.

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Some of that crap is just nasty and will get donated to charity.  Some of it is less nasty and it might be made into toys.  Not sure yet.

My dog got a hair cut “a la mommy”.  Cute alert.

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It is the dog version of a bowl cut.  Uneven ears, stray strands hanging out.  I’m on a budget and she wont sit still.  Better than letting her become like a sheep that missed shearing day.

I also made some progress on the dark modern version of the counterpane I saw at a local museum.

Museum version.

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My version.

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The above photo shows where I left off.  I made 4 more blocks.  I think the blocks are lovely.  A bit hard to see the detail but still nice.

I’m proud of myself!